Tuesday, January 03, 2012

A Caucus to Start It All

And there off!!!!

Our quadrennial process for picking a president starts tonight. Well let me clarify that. This is the first actual voting in the quadrennial process for picking a president. The campaign for some started the night Obama was elected president in 2008.

The big “story” is whether the Santorum surge (doesn’t it have a nice ring to it) will play out to a first place finish in the Iowa Caucus. That’s essentially the only thing the media has been covering the last week or so. I have to say I haven’t been paying all that much attention to it. It seems there are some events toward the end of December that are of more importance than a caucus.

One has to wonder if Santorum is really surging or if he is yet again the conservative flavor of the month. The current anti-Romney. Since the conservatives have essentially run through all the other candidates, Santorum is picking up support. At least there has been some coverage in the media of the difficulty Santorum will have after Iowa. Not much money and little organization. One has to wonder where he expects to win next. One has to ask the question is Santorum this year’s Mike Huckabee.

I’m sure around 10 tonight there will be plenty of coverage on that.

I have to say I’m not much of a fan of the caucus in general. I don’t think it is all that democratic especially if it is held during the week. Here’s my problem with it. Anyone who has a job that starts in the afternoon is not going to be able to attend. It’s not like a primary when you can take 15 or 20 minutes to go in and vote. If you have kids and can’t find an baby sitter you’re not going. Maybe you don’t want to spend an hour or two to participate in the process.

Seems to me there's a better way to start the process for picking a president.

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